Advanced Standing

In order to enroll in 300- or 400-level courses in the College of Engineering, students must be granted advanced standing. Meeting the advanced standing requirements helps to ensure that you are prepared to take rigorous junior- and senior-level classes. To receive advanced standing in OSE, you must declare your major.


In order to receive advanced standing and advance to the junior (third) year in the OSE program, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion with a “C” or better of all the required freshman and sophomore technical courses listed in the degree curriculum (excluding Traditions & Cultures, Individual & Societies, Humanities, and Social Science Courses) with a minimum GPA of 2.50. When necessary, the Grade Replacement Opportunity may be used in technical classes to satisfy the GPA requirement.
  2. Transfer students must also satisfy the requirement above; however, only UA courses will be used to satisfy the GPA requirement. Transfer students will be granted advanced standing when they have completed 12 or more units of technical courses (mathematics, physics, engineering, optical science, or any combination) listed in their curriculum with a minimum UA GPA of 2.50.
  3. Transfer students with fewer than 12 units of freshman and sophomore courses remaining must satisfy the GPA requirement with the remaining freshman and sophomore courses. Students who do not satisfy the GPA requirement at the time they first complete 12 or more units will not be allowed to register for upper-division OSE courses.
  4. Students who have completed all of the freshman and sophomore required courses with a ‘C’ or better, or transfer students who have not completed the major-specified required classes entirely at UA but have earned a 2.50 or better on at least 12 required OSE units, may be granted advanced standing.